I dug over the flower beds last week.
The next day I found a few ants on the bathroom window ledge. We live in a
bungalow, the kitchen is on the same wall as the bathroom. Killed the
bathroom ants, they have not come back there.
Since then we have been finding a few ants in the kitchen, always in the
same place but not everyday.
For a few nights I've left a plate out with sugar on it. This to attract the
ants and lead me to where they are coming from. Not an ant in sight!
We are very clean, but crumbs in a kitchen are unavoidable.
I've just given the ant area a very good bleaching.
The weather here has been very mild, but it has pissed it down every day.
I've read that ants do not like getting wet and will go into a house when it
rains for 40 days and 40 nights.
The main question is: has anybody else had an ant problem?
Last year. A few occasionally in the kitchen. Went on for months.
Eventually I located a nest outside around the side of my house. Ant
Stop put an end to it. I should have looked harder, earlier.
Anything you do in the Kitchen is just a stop gap, I don't think
cleanliness makes that much difference. Spray poisons in the kitchen
will stop them temporarily but you really need to search and destroy the
I will probably go around outside my house with AntStop soon just as a
I've looked all around the outside of the house. I've also looked in the
flower bed that I dug over. Not a single ant in sight.
I've looked everywhere in the house, not a single ant.
I have saved the link to Ant Stop. Cheers.
Get the big cylinder of AntStop Granules not the little trap things.
I think because it is early in the year the nest may be small and so
hard to spot. Just sprinkle the granules all around the house, hopefully
that will get them.
However keep looking in the future just in case. If they do come back
try a different poison.
I have always assumed not. I wait until it looks dry for a few days and
then sprinkle it in the evening.
I have also tried "Nippon Ant Killer Liquid". This seemed better because
it was easier to spread around. Last year it wiped out a large nest with
However I suspect ants build immunity to specific poisons. So it is
worth trying one for a bit and changing the next time you try. I
sometimes use "Nippon Ant Killer Powder" for variety.
On Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:58:06 -0000, Mr Pounder Esquire wrote:
I had ants in the lounge, but only on 1 day a year. They'd appear on a warm,
sunny humid day to swarm and then gone.
I could see the approx. place but always too late to see them actually
crawling out, mainly because they weren't in sight until they'd all swarmed.
Eventually I got rid of them by going round the outside of the house in dry
weather to spot the little heaps of fine soil, then raking it out a bit and
putting powder in.
Had to be careful as the small heaps with bigger holes were bees and I
didn't want to kill those.
Last autumn I was preparing some ground to lay grass. I saw a large
bumble bee sleepily crawl away from the spot where I had been picking
weeds out with my hands. I smiled and let it wake up and eventually fly
away. It was only later that I realised that the bastard had stung me.
My whole arm swelled up in what they call a "large scale local
reaction". I now have a 10% change of anaphylactic shock the next time
From now on, ants or bees, it is kill them, kill them all!
We had them coming up from under the hall floor last year. (Wooden floor
on battens on a concrete raft). Hopefully they won't be coming back, since
I poured enough toxic chemicals under there to cause another Love Canal.
Today is Boomtime, the 9th day of Discord in the YOLD 3183
I don't have an attitude problem.
The odd ones will scout around and if they find anything a small line of
ants will develop until the food source is entirely consumed.
They are en route to something else. Find out what.
This is a very bad idea. If they find a serious food source you will
have more difficulty getting rid of them. We had a problem not unlike
the one you describe with a glass food jar containing candied peel which
had an ant sized gap in one corner of what was supposed to be an
airtight seal. The result was a roughly 1 to 1 mix of peel and ants by
the time we found it after only a couple of days.
Find the nest nearest the kitchen and offer it some ant bait if you
must. There are many ants nests in a garden you can't kill them all.
Find and eliminate the food source they are raiding in the kitchen and
they will stop coming. You may need to clean the surfaces since ants
follow scent trails to find food sites previously visited by workers.
You are going about it the wrong way. You put the (poison) bait as close
to the door as possible and use something other than highly refined
sugar so that they can smell it. The last thing you want is a long line
of ants trekking across your kitchen floor.
ISTR some of our university halls of residence had pharaoh ants which
proved impossible to dislodge no matter what level of fumigation and
other techniques were tried. The boiler room cockroaches were worst.
It is probably still quite small as yet, but look along the house
brickwork for a small hole and a pile of sand.
You really need to find the food source they are scouting for and/or put
some more attractive poison bait where they can easily find it.
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